Paris planning and town boards defer action on shooting range plan

town-of-paris-logoAction on a  proposal to develop a new 40-lane indoor shooting range in Paris was deferred by both the Paris Plan Commission and the Paris Town Board this week.

Brozak Holdings LLC and John Merideth, DBA Elite Tactics and Training Center are petitioning for a conditional use permit to operate the facility at 12721 12th St.

The Plan Commission considered the petition Monday. Commission Chairman John Holloway said the commission decided to defer action on the matter so the petitioner could provide further information.

“We didn’t feel as a commission that there was enough information provided,” Holloway said.

The commission is particularly focused on three areas of oversight:

  • Noise.
  • Safety — especially ensuring all shooting activity takes place inside the building.
  • How lead waste generated at the site will be handled.

Holloway said he expects to spend time before the next meeting creating of list of conditions for the business to meet. Some of those may be able to be negotiated.

Holloway said he also intends to visit some other indoor shooting ranges to observe their operations.

The Town Board, meeting on Tuesday, heard from Holloway and then also agreed to defer action.

Supervisor Ken Monson said he is concerned about a proposal to rent weapons at the business. He said he would like to see a provision that a renter have to have a concealed carry permit or undergo a background check before being able to rent a gun.

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